An experimental batch of Tie Guan Yin made in the famous birthplace village of this type of Oolong - Xi Ping.
This Tie Guan Yin is made from the Ben Shan variety which is gaining much popularity in the world of Qing Xiang (bright aroma) Green Oolongs. Ben Shan has naturally milky and sweet floral notes but tends to be a bit thin on the palate in my experience. However, this special batch has been processed in a different way and produces a tea which has all of the elegance of the original cultivar but with amped up tropical flavours.
TGY Batch 54 has a taste like no other Tie Guan Yin with distinct coconut water and tropical fruit aromatics. I did try to find out how the producers managed to get these flavours from a Tie Guan Yin but they are being quite secretive about the process. Clearly, they are doing something a little different and long may they continue to experiment if teas like this land in our hands!
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